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Trucks? 7.3 Ford? #15121749 08/09/20
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I don't know what to say. I have been looking at trucks for a long time and just can't pull the trigger with these prices. Used trucks with 20k-30k miles are about the same price as brand new ones. Before I spend $40k on a brand new 1/2 ton, I just might bite the bullet and go ahead and get a 3/4 ton. One of the new F-250s with the 7.3 can be had for about $50k. Does anyone foresee these prices going down? I'm sure they are only going up from here, so my theory is to buy a new one and drive the damn thing until the wheels fall off, and then replace the wheels.

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Buy a tundra.

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Originally Posted by viking
Buy a tundra.


My dad has one, great truck! Around here they are $45k for a SR5 Crewmax 4x4

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Originally Posted by Travis13
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Buy a tundra.


My dad has one, great truck! Around here they are $45k for a SR5 Crewmax 4x4

Tundra is NO 3/4 ton truck.Buy the f-250..

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I've had two Ford F-250s both bought used. First was a 96 purchased in 02 with 165K on it...7.3 motor. Sold it to a friend at 309K. Talked with him the other day and it now has 365K. He said he just had all the seals done...

Second and still driving is a 06 bought in 12 with 94K on it...just turned 215K and had the oil and EGR coolers replaced... No other issues with the motor...

If you don't mind driving something for a LONG time I would go new if you can swing it and keep everything as updated as possible especially the body if you live in a northern salt-zone. I have my body oiled with clean hydraulic fluid every year and have zero rust issues...

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Re: Trucks? 7.3 Ford? [Re: RJM] #15121790 08/09/20
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Originally Posted by RJM
I've had two Ford F-250s both bought used. First was a 96 purchased in 02 with 165K on it...7.3 motor. Sold it to a friend at 309K. Talked with him the other day and it now has 365K. He said he just had all the seals done...

Second and still driving is a 06 bought in 12 with 94K on it...just turned 215K and had the oil and EGR coolers replaced... No other issues with the motor...

If you don't mind driving something for a LONG time I would go new if you can swing it and keep everything as updated as possible especially the body if you live in a northern salt-zone. I have my body oiled with clean hydraulic fluid every year and have zero rust issues...

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I think you can buy new cheaper than used with the incentives and special interest rates . Even if you have cash might look at the financing close to 0%

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Originally Posted by RJM
I've had two Ford F-250s both bought used. First was a 96 purchased in 02 with 165K on it...7.3 motor. Sold it to a friend at 309K. Talked with him the other day and it now has 365K. He said he just had all the seals done...

Second and still driving is a 06 bought in 12 with 94K on it...just turned 215K and had the oil and EGR coolers replaced... No other issues with the motor...

If you don't mind driving something for a LONG time I would go new if you can swing it and keep everything as updated as possible especially the body if you live in a northern salt-zone. I have my body oiled with clean hydraulic fluid every year and have zero rust issues...

Bob


Bob, can you expand a bit on the hydraulic fluid treatment. Is it a business that does that for you? Sounds interesting. I wash the underside of my 2010 truck regularly during the winter, but am still concerned about salt. I'd like to get at least another 10 years out of my truck. Thanks, Al

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I like your plan on buying a new or newish one and driving it until it quits. Only way to come out on vehicles that I can figure.

Are you looking to tow heavy? My current company truck is a ‘20 F250 with 6.2 gas engine and 6 speed auto. It drives out and tows moderate loads well. Wouldn’t hook it up to a tandem dual gooseneck grossing 15-20k but it will pull 5-10k loads just fine down here in Texas. It does ride rougher than a half ton will, as will any 3/4-1 ton pickup that I know of.

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Originally Posted by Walter_Sobchak
I like your plan on buying a new or newish one and driving it until it quits. Only way to come out on vehicles that I can figure.

Are you looking to tow heavy? My current company truck is a ‘20 F250 with 6.2 gas engine and 6 speed auto. It drives out and tows moderate loads well. Wouldn’t hook it up to a tandem dual gooseneck grossing 15-20k but it will pull 5-10k loads just fine down here in Texas. It does ride rougher than a half ton will, as will any 3/4-1 ton pickup that I know of.


I don’t own a camper, but I do own a farm with a few tractors. Never needed to haul them, and a camper isn’t out of the question. My gut say 3/4 ton over 1/2 ton

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Anyone have any experience with the new 7.3? I hate being a guinea pig, I just don’t see myself needing a modern diesel truck. Although I bet a new Powerstoke, etc would pull like hell

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Bought an F350 SRW with 7.3 back in March. I Will tow a 5th wheel trailer on occasion but 95% of miles will be no towing. Given the low utilization for towing, a diesel was crossed off the list along with the 10,000 dollar up charge. It will comfortably tow what I need, except I might have to take my time pulling the trailer up a mountain.
But to answer your question, I’ve had no issues with it and you should not be reluctant to go with the 7.2.
I am also planning on getting 15+ years out of it just like my last truck which is why I bought a new one.
YMMV

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If your concerned about $$$$ stay with the proven 6.2 and 6 speed. The 7.3 and 10 speed is about a $2K option. Even though the 7.3 seems to be a good engine its still only 1 year old. It takes awhile to work out the bugs in any new engine. Some defects will not show them self for many thousands of miles.


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Originally Posted by coobie
Originally Posted by Travis13
Originally Posted by viking
Buy a tundra.


My dad has one, great truck! Around here they are $45k for a SR5 Crewmax 4x4

Tundra is NO 3/4 ton truck.Buy the f-250..


Exactly. My 2013 sagged like crazy with just 800 pounds in the bed or when towing my 5,000 pound boat.
The Tundra is more like a car than it is a truck.


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Get a 3/4 ton.

So much more versatile than a 1/2 ton.

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Farm equals at least a 3/4 ton


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Re: Trucks? 7.3 Ford? [Re: acy] #15122405 08/09/20
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Originally Posted by acy
Originally Posted by RJM
I've had two Ford F-250s both bought used. First was a 96 purchased in 02 with 165K on it...7.3 motor. Sold it to a friend at 309K. Talked with him the other day and it now has 365K. He said he just had all the seals done...

Second and still driving is a 06 bought in 12 with 94K on it...just turned 215K and had the oil and EGR coolers replaced... No other issues with the motor...

If you don't mind driving something for a LONG time I would go new if you can swing it and keep everything as updated as possible especially the body if you live in a northern salt-zone. I have my body oiled with clean hydraulic fluid every year and have zero rust issues...

Bob


Bob, can you expand a bit on the hydraulic fluid treatment. Is it a business that does that for you? Sounds interesting. I wash the underside of my 2010 truck regularly during the winter, but am still
concerned about salt. I'd like to get at least another 10 years out of my truck. Thanks, Al


I would like to know more about the hydraulic fluid treatment also. I have thought about that before but I have no practical way to do it. It sounds like a great idea.


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Originally Posted by Travis13
Anyone have any experience with the new 7.3? I hate being a guinea pig, I just don’t see myself needing a modern diesel truck. Although I bet a new Powerstoke, etc would pull like hell



I like that engine... The new 7.3 gas one.

In fact, I have been mildly considering getting one. And I have been very happy with my F350 6.7 diesel. Best pickup I've ever owned.

But, I would trade it it for a new F450 with the 7.3 gas engine.


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Originally Posted by Ghostinthemachine
Get a 3/4 ton.

So much more versatile than a 1/2 ton.


This is true. My brother owns a tundra, I have a Chevy 1500 z71 Grocery getter. The Toyota is tougher than the Chevy but neither are up to towing much more than a Polaris ranger on a 16’ utility trailer or a small bass boat. If tractor or mid to large sized camper towing are real possibilities I’d go for the 3/4 ton.

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